GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Ashley Averkamp (New Berlin, WI/West) and Sam Barber (Schofield, WI/D.C. Everest/Winona St.) combined for 34 points as the Pointer women held off a late charge by Franklin College to advance to the second round of the NCAA Division III Tournament with a 61-58 victory Friday evening.
WIAC Player of the Year Barber put the Pointers up early as she connected on two free throws, putting UWSP up 13-6 with just over 15 minutes remaining in the first half.
UWSP increased its lead to 10 at 26-16 on a Liz Althoff (Darien, WI/Clinton) layup to give the Pointers their largest lead of the first half with just over three minutes remaining in the half.
Franklin went on a 12-2 run to end the half leaving the score at 28-28 heading into the break.
The Pointers jumped on the Grizzlies early out of the break, once again increasing their lead to 10 points with 11:39 remaining.
UWSP held a five-point or more advantage with just over six minutes remaining before Franklin made its run. The Grizzlies cut the Pointers lead to two points on two occasions, both scored by Annie Tarkington.
With their lead cut down to two with 1:36 remaining, Althoff, Barber and Cassie Bandow (Plover, WI/Pacelli) converted on 7-of-8 free throws to advance to the second round of the NCAA Division III Tournament with a 61-58 victory.
The Pointers and Grizzles were lackluster on offense as Franklin shot 31.7 percent from the field and UWSP converted on 28.6 of their attempts. Both teams did shoot well from the charity stripe as the Pointers connected on 23-of-28 while the Grizzlies knocked down 15-of-18.
Barber recorded a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds while tallying four assists and two steals. Averkamp shot 7-of-14 from the field, scoring 16 points, recording seven rebounds, and a career-high seven blocks.
Jessica Prewett led Franklin with 18 points and Tarkington with 14 and seven assists.
UW-Stevens Point (24-4) returns to action on Saturday in the second round to face the winner of host Calvin College and Wisconsin Lutheran. Game time is set for 7 p.m. EST.
Courtesy: UWSP Sports Information